New Fuel Price: Presidency Meets Labour Today to Stop Strike

The Federal Government has invited the leadership of the organised labour to a meeting in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for today (Monday) to discuss the increase of fuel pump price from N86 and N86.50k to N145.

Labour and the civil society had, after a meeting in Abuja on Saturday, given the Federal Government till midnight on Tuesday to reverse the increase or face an indefinite national strike.

The group gave the strike notice in a joint communiqué issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress after the meeting.

But the Presidency say there is no need for such since Labour know the truth in the fuel issue.

The General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson said, “I have received a text message inviting us to a meeting tomorrow (Monday) at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and we will attend.

‘‘We will attend those meetings but the notice given is not conditional to our action. It is conditional on the reversal of the hike in the price of petroleum and the hike in electricity tariff.

“But we are saying that is not what is crucial; what is crucial is that we will mobilise unless there is reversal. If there is no reversal, we will meet on the streets.”

Reacting, a source in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said “The Federal Government does not want strike, we will discuss. Government is making every effort to ensure that there is no strike.

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